Collins Street is Hobart’s missing link
Hobart’s Collins Street should be the commuter artery to get the city’s heart pumping. But instead of a smooth journey from the revitalised Rivulet Track into the city centre, bike riders and walkers are dumped into a carpark, before they have to face crossing Molle Street.
- People who walk or ride must contend with cafe customers and parents in 4WDs dropping their kids off at childcare as they move from the Rivulet Track, through an active carpark to the non-signalised crossing at Molle Street.
- Without signals, traffic slowing measures or priority crossings, Molle Street poses a risky peak-hour challenge.
- We can’t wait – our Super Tuesday data shows that rider numbers are booming on the Rivulet Track, growing by more than 32% in a single year.
- Space to ride on Collins Street has been given to under-utillised on-street car parking.
While the Hobart City Council has bike lanes on Collins Street on its agenda, it’s not until 2018-19.
However, the popularity of the Hobart Rivulet Track means we can’t wait. The council must urgently act.
Collins Street offers the city of Hobart the opportunity to create a state-of-the-art route for people who ride bikes, fully separated from traffic and pedestrians.
Currently, traffic volumes on Collins Street are light and parking sits empty throughout the day.
A separated bike lane along the length of Collins Street with a pedestrian and bike-friendly crossing at Molle Street would create an important connection to the waterfront and the InterCity Cycleway.
Hobart is confronting growing problems with traffic congestion and health, and encouraging more people to ride is one of the easiest and lasting ways to address these issues.
One more bike heading down Collins Street every morning is one less car on the road looking for a parking spot.
The easier we can make it for people to ride bikes or walk, the easier it is for people to make the choice to leave the car at home, which benefits everyone.
The Hobart City Council has put the design of Collins Street bike lanes in its Annual Plan for 2018-19.
We look forward to seeing a separated lane that extends to Campbell Street to create a more comfortable ride across the bottom of the city.
The City is also designing in 2018 a safe crossing across Molle Street for people on bikes and walking.